MC018: The Third Place for Engineers with Ray Ziganto [Podcast]

By April 10, 2015 VIP Guests

In this episode, we interview Ray Ziganto, who created a new concept called “The Hardware Store” for reaching his customers by being innovative, thinking outside the box and finding the Alpha Engineer.

Your first place is your home. Your second place is the workplace. The “third place” is another location that connects you into a community and facilitates creative interaction. We originally called this episode “A Hardware Store for a New Generation”, but after the conversation we realized that the concept of the “Third Place” was more applicable.

Most companies do not have the resources to outfit a standalone location and create a third place, but as Ray said: “Make Your Shop a Destination.”

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss an episode of the TV show, “The Good Wife” in relation to an episode about 3D printing.

Ray Ziganto

Do you have a third place to connect with a community and/or get creative?
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  • Elena says:

    It is absolutely necessary to have a ‘third’ place in whatever industry you are in. As a young entrepreneur, I have found it difficult to find people (outside of my co-founders) who understand the roller coaster ride of a journey this can be.

    I’ve been lucky to be apart of two fellowships (New Leaders Council & JCC PresenTense) who are supporting young like minded entrepreneurs like myself. I love that I can count on this community both for personal and professional support.

    Great post!

  • Brad K says:

    I was somewhere over the mid-west, listening to this podcast, when I was inspired to spend the +$20 in net access to immediately contact Bi-Link to find out more about their pending San Diego branch. It turns out their new office is less than a 5-minute walk from where I am now.

    My only issue thus far is that I’m on the third day of waiting for a response to a follow up email I sent them.

    But thanks for the heads up, guys. I’ll check ‘Hardware Store’ out when it opens. (I swing by on my breaks to see how the renovation is coming along.)

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